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Ignition (Pertronix) Question

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:56 am
by boxfullofyertoys
Hey everyone...here's my situation:

I just recently acquired a 1976 Midget. From what I can glean from the title and the hardware on the car, it was imported into the US from Canada...so instead of having electronic ignition, it was a standard points/condenser type. When I got the car, it started and ran, but there was a miss somewhere...did the plugs, wires, timing...rotor and cap were suspect, but then I noticed that the distributor shaft had some serious play in it and was probably the culprit. I decided that instead of a full stock replacement with points, I'd order up a Pertronix flame thrower disty...

Long story short I installed it yesterday and I've confirmed the coil isn't throwing ANY spark. I suspect the coil is dead. I'm going to test the coil when I go home on my lunch break (one of the perks of living 2 miles from the office :D ), but I have this fear that I may have fried the new disty by using the stock (what I believe to be) 1.5ohm coil. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Should I be using the stock coil or should I be running a 3ohm?

Any help would be great...the next round of parts arrive on Monday and I'd like to have the car running so I can effectively test the new brakes, and go for a ride, of course lol

Thanks!
-Dave

Re: Ignition (Pertronix) Question

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:59 am
by Charlie Tolman
Pertronix recommends the use of a 3.0 ohm coil for a 4-cylinder engine for normal driving, and a 1.5 ohm coil for racing applications.

I do not know if they recommend an external ballast resistor, or not.

Also, their ignitors are available with positive or negative ground designs, and must match the car's electrical ground polarity.

Charlie Tolman